Committees & Councils

GCAA activities are directed and completed by the volunteer efforts of association members. Volunteer involvement in one or more of these groups gives members the opportunity to meet and interact with their industry colleagues. Below is a list of the GCAA’s committees and councils, their areas of concern and the names of their respective chairpersons.

Meeting schedules are posted below; however, please email the GCAA office to verify meeting date/time/place as they sometimes change.

To participate on a committee, complete the form BELOW!


2021 Committee Meeting Times 

Due to COVID-19 & committee meetings happening virtually - committee meetings may not follow what is listed below. Contact the appropriate staff member for updates surrounding their respective committee.

Bus Tour Committee Fourth Wednesday of every month @ 9:30 am
Education Advisory Council Last Friday of every month @ 10:30 am
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Third Thursday of every month @ 3pm
Government Affairs Committee

First Friday of every month @ 8:45 am

Green Committee Fourth Tuesday of every month @ 9:00 am
Membership Committee Second Tuesday of every month @ 10:30 am
Multifamily Career Awareness Committee Second Wednesday of every month @ 9:30 am
Next Gen Committee Third Wednesday of every month @ 9:30 am
Outreach Committee Second Thursday of every month @ 9:30 am
Products & Services Council Check the events page for upcoming meetings.
PSC Sub-Committee: Reverse Trade Show TBD
PSC Sub-Committee: Trade Show Fourth Thursday of every month @ 9:30am
PSC Sub-Committee: Golf Tournament  Third Wednesday of every month @ 11:00am
PSC Sub-Committee: Associate Development Third Thursday of every month @ 9:30am
Programs Committee Third Tuesday of every month @ 9:30 am

Bus Tour Committee

Brianna Wood, 2021 Chair

Staff Liaison: Ashley Honeycutt

This committee’s members play key roles in planning and executing the GCAA’s annual New Construction Bus Tour, a major annual undertaking which showcases new apartment product in our market. They also assist with smaller-scale tours which have specific areas of focus, such as the Rehab Tour and the Affordable Housing Tour. Meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 9:30am.

Members of the Bus Tour Committee at the annual New Construction Bus Tour.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Eddie Robertson & Liz Newkirk, 2021 Chairs

The purpose of the GCAA DEI Committee is to be a strong advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all aspects of the apartment industry in the greater Charlotte area, to provide training and leadership on diversity, and to promote awareness of best practice policies and procedures that will align with these objectives. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is dedicated to the work of increasing access and opportunity for underrepresented populations in the apartment industry. Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 3PM. To join this committee, you must apply.

Apply to be on the committee HERE!

Education Advisory Council

Shane Raby, 2021 Chair

Staff Liaison: 

This council oversees the NAA Education Institute Designation Programs, including NALP, CAM, CAMT, CAPS, and CAS. Council members provide guidance in the areas of policy, member and community outreach, faculty development, program evaluation, curriculum design, and student participation. Council members must be GCAA volunteer instructors. Meeting schedule varies.

Members of EAC speaking to future apartment industry leaders.

Government Affairs Committee

Patrick Johnson, 2021 Chair

Staff Liaison: Michelle Manns

The government affairs committee monitors legislation and code issues affecting the multifamily industry at the local, state, and national levels. Its members represent the apartment industry to Charlotte City Council, Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, and other elected bodies. This committee also works closely with the Apartment Association of NC and other state affiliates to influence policy decisions within the NC General Assembly. It meets the 1st Friday of the month at 8:45 at the GCAA.

- Housing Affordability Subcommittee operates under the Government Affairs Committee.  It  monitors and reviews current and developing issues and policies that impact housing affordability and devises possible solutions.  The Subcommittee meets the third Friday of every month from 9am – 10am.  

If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, please contact Michelle Manns at

Government Affairs Committee at AANC Lobby Day

Green Committee

Leah Vinansky & Rebecca Mignery, 2021 Co-Chairs

Staff Liaison: Tanya Crump

This group’s focus is to educate GCAA‘s owner/operator members about the latest trends and opportunities in environmentally-conscious, sustainable multifamily operations. The committee organizes educational programs, has guest speakers, goes on outings, and contributes to GCAA’s publications and website.

Green Committee Members participating in Adopt a Stream.

Multifamily Career Awareness Committee

Wendy Sikorski & Toddi Johnson, 2021 Co-Chairs

Staff Liaison:

This committee will promote multifamily industry careers to high school and college students via career fairs and other job exploration opportunities. The multifamily industry can often be overlooked but with this committee, we will show our next generation of leaders that it is a viable option and one that should be explored.

Membership Committee

Michelle O'Brien, 2021 Co-Chair

Staff Liaison: Tanya Crump

This committee is focused on recruiting new members and retaining existing members. Committee members develop  ideas to demonstrate the benefit of GCAA membership including leading orientation and designing exciting member experiences. The group organizes annual membership drives and other fun networking opportunities. 

Membership Ambassador Program

The GCAA Membership Ambassadors are existing senior members of the GCAA, who work to encourage new member involvement and set an example as how to be an active member of the association. Our goal is for each new member to receive the guidance to find the most value for your membership by attending events, joining committees, and networking with other members.  

Membership Ambassador Mentor Form 

Membership Ambassador Mentee Form 

Next Gen Committee

Mary Beth MacKenzie, 2021 Chair

Staff Liaison: Ashley Honeycutt

This group’s efforts focus on increasing association involvement of members who are “young” in the industry. Next Gen volunteers organize social events at which GCAA members can network with industry peers, learn more about the Association, and explore multifamily career opportunities. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am at the GCAA.

Next Gen Committee Members at the Next Gen Annual Brewery Tour

Outreach Committee

Tiffany Edwards & Lucy Bullock, 2021 Co-Chairs

Staff Liaison: Tanya Crump

This group works to strengthen the rapport between multifamily industry professionals (GCAA members, specifically) and the local public by identifying areas of need in the community and planning activities which will provide appropriate service and support. In recent years the Outreach Committee has partnered with Keep Charlotte Beautiful, the Urban Ministry Center/Moore Place, Charlotte Family Housing and others. Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30 am at the GCAA.

Members of Outreach Committee volunteering on Christmas Eve.

Products & Services Council

Betsy Kirkpatrick, 2021 President

Staff Liaison: Ashley Honeycutt

The Products & Services Council is open to any/all GCAA Associate (supplier) members in good standing; its overriding goal is to enhance the valuable working relationships between GCAA-member apartment owner/operators and suppliers. PSC Subcommittees focus on specific areas/programs and include Associate Development, Trade Show, Golf, and Executive Dinner/Reverse Trade Show. 

Programs Committee

Kate Irving Jarrell, 2021 Chair

Staff Liaison: 

This committee researches and schedules quality programs for the monthly General Membership meetings. Its goal is to secure a range of engaging speakers and to present subjects that will appeal to our diverse membership. The committee also schedules seminars of industry-related topics for the membership like Landlord-Tenant Law, Fair Housing and Pool School that compliment the NAAEI designation offerings. Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30am.